Montréal, Canada / Dublin, Ireland – April 29, 2016 – Keywords Studios, an international technical service provider to the global video game industry, announced today that it intends to expand further in Montréal, creating 100 new jobs within the next three years. This announcement was made during a visit of The Honourable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal and President of the Montréal Metropolitan Community, at Keywords headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, and after his discussions with Andrew Day, Chief Executive Officer of Keywords Studios.
“We love the city and we love the quality of the talent we can find in Montréal, commented Mr Day. Since coming to Montréal in 2010, we’ve had great results there and we want to continue this success.”
Keywords offers technical services to the gaming industry. Functional testing and localization testing are the main tasks accomplished in Montréal. Keywords’ clients includes the world’s best-known developers, among which, to name a few, Ubisoft, WB Games, Zynga, King and Sony. They have worked on thousands of different titles such as Rise of the Tomb Raider, Halo 5: Guardians, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate, Candy Crush, Clash Royale and Mobile Strike.
“Keywords’ decision to continue to invest in our metropolis illustrates once again Montréal’s strength in the video game industry”, said The Honourable Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal and President of the Montréal Metropolitan Community, during his visit of Keywords’ headquarters, part of his European trip. “What’s more, it does highlight the fact that the whole gaming cluster plays a vital role in our economy and that Montréal is the place to be.”
Montréal International, Greater Montréal’s investment promotion agency, has provided support to Keywords Studios over the years. . “Along with our government partners, we’ve been working with Keywords since their arrival in Montréal, stated Stéphane Paquet, Vice President – Investment Greater Montréal at Montréal International. Their reinvestment is most welcome and the whole team at MI look forward to continuing working with Keywords on other projects.”
“I hope that this most recent announcement is only a first step, added Mr Day, since we are currently studying further more ambitious possibilities for our Montréal studio.”
Keywords’ Montréal studio currently employs around 350 employees.
About Keywords Studios (www.keywordsstudios.com)
Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. Established in 1998, and now with facilities in Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Montréal, Portland, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tokyo, Singapore, New Delhi, Pune, Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Shanghai, Manila and London, it provides integrated art creation, localization, testing, audio and customer care services across 50 languages and 14 games platforms to a blue chip client base in more than 15 countries. It has a strong market position, providing services to 20 of the top 25 most prominent games companies, including Microsoft, Supercell, King, Bandai Namco, Sony, Konami, Electronic Arts, 2K, and Square Enix. Recent titles worked on include Tom Clancy’s The Division, Batman: Arkham Knight, Street Fighter V, Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Keywords is listed on AIM, the London Stock Exchange regulated market (KWS.L).
About Montréal International (www.montrealinternational.com)
Montréal International (MI) acts as an economic driver for Greater Montréal to attract wealth from abroad while accelerating the success of its partners and clients. Its role is to attract foreign investment, international organizations and skilled workers to Greater Montréal, and promote the region’s competitive environment. MI also works to find the best ways to position the region as an attractive investment destination, and make recommendations to various levels of government to support Québec’s job creating, high-value-added industries.
Established in 1996, Montréal International is a non-profit organization funded by the private sector, the governments of Canada and Québec, the Montréal Metropolitan Community and the City of Montréal.